Innovators at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) have developed an electronic sensor system that can detect and locate impacts of rapidly moving particles on spacecraft and satellites. The building blocks of the system are multilayer sensor panels covered with a piezoelectric polymer film that can be electronically daisy-chained and assembled to cover as large an area as is needed. The film generates an electrical potential at the place and time of impact, and the electronic circuitry within the multilayer structure detects this potential, thereby detecting and locating the impact. Earth-based applications include situations where it is necessary to quickly locate impacts to prevent or minimize danger from munitions, hailstones, burglary tools, or vehicular collisions. JSC has applied for patent protection for this technology.
Johnson Space Center has applied for patent protection for this technology.
This technology is being made available through JSC’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing this technology for commercial applications.
If you would like more information about this technology or about NASA’s technology transfer program, please contact:Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office